We traveled the week before Christmas with our two kids 10 & 13. We had a wonderful time because that is what we made it! Though there were some cons, we figure life is what you make it.
Service. The service was amazing. Everyone from our room steward to the dining staff did everything they could to ensure we were happy and taken care of. Our daughter is sensitive to gluten and she couldn't have been happier about how the dining staff took care of her. Christopher in the main dining room brought her the next nights menu every night and said he would make anything she wanted GF (if it was possible). He even made sure she had warm toasted GF bread every time she sat down in the dining room and GF pancakes at breakfast. Our servers were amazing as well. They remembered our names, what we liked, and greeted us like old friends every time we came to the dining room. Those people work so hard, be sure to tip them extra!
We had some super rough seas the second to last day which made our daughter and I sea sick. The dining room staff sent my husband out with cut up green apples and GF bread for our daughters upset stomach. The waiter in the centrum who ran out of canned ginger ale, went out of his way to find some fresh ginger in the kitchen, cut it up,and put it in fountain ginger ale to try to help her. The staff continually went out of their way for us.
The food. We rarely ate at the Windjammer because of our GF daughter, and I'm not a fan of buffets. Our son enjoyed the variety and the kid type foods there though. We tried to eat in the main dining room as much as we could. The food was delicious in the dining room and our son was so happy to be able to enjoy escargot, crab cakes, salmon, shrimp, spaghetti and clams, etc. The only thing that could have made it better was flavored coffee creamer with the coffee.
The port stops. We scheduled excursions on our own and made the most of every port stop. We had so much fun and made lots of memories with our kids. We swam with dolphins, enjoyed an all inclusive at a beautiful beach, snorkeled, and even held a sloth!
The room. We had a cheap interior room but our room steward made it up twice a day. It was small but comfortable and met our needs. We didn't go on a cruise to stay in the room. We mostly just needed a place to sleep and shower. This served our purpose.
Activities: There simply weren't enough things going on. We spent time trying to find things to do. A few "trivia" run by an annoying guy and a few other paid events like bingo or events geared toward the older crowd, but that was about it. We had rough seas the last few days and the pool was drained and closed. There simply wasn't anything to do except try not to focus on the ship tossing back and forth. Its a good thing we brought cards. We spent a lot of ship time playing UNO and Phase 10. The highlight was the egg drop (our family participated) and watching the Thriller dance. Get there early if you want to be able to see, even on the upper floors.
Kids clubs: The kids refused to go into the kids areas after the first night since my 10 yo said he was "with the babies" (both the older and younger groups are mixed together in a small area and do the activities together). The teenager said the few kids who showed up to the teen "meet and greet" the first night just sat around on their phones and there were no planned activities. After that, she didn't go back.
The ice cream machine: My kids were enamored with the idea of ice cream any time they wanted it. It was down more than it was working.
Debarkation: We carried our own bags off of the ship. It was an absolute mess. Lines flowing into lines with no clear entrance or exit. People skipping the line, lines weaving all over the ship where just anyone could jump in even though we'd been waiting over 40 minutes. They need a MUCH better system for this! It took us almost an hour of waiting to get off.
Overall we had a good time. The captain did his best despite the awful weather the last few days. (Our whole cabin was creaking and we were literally sliding around in our beds.) It was actually kind of scary. I'd say half of the ship was sick. We enjoyed ourselves on the port stops so much that the ship was really secondary. We would cruise RC again but maybe on a ship that has more to offer. We have already booked a NCL that has water slides and lots of stuff for kids next year. Our kids can't wait!
Small but not uncomfortable. We were able to put all of our things away and still have room to move about. We didn't spend much time in there so it wasn't that important. It was clean and the pull down beds were big enough that my tall children were still comfortable. Only problem was it is directly under the pool entertainment. During the day when there was pool entertainment it was super loud! We weren't in the room much during the day but if you have little kids that nap, this may not be the room for you.
Booked directly with Dolphin Discovery. Pay the extra online for the photos online so you don't have to haggle when you get there. Yes, they are terribly expensive. Had the VIP experience. Lots of time in a small group with the dolphins, spent a few minutes with a manatee, lots of great photos. Terrible food in the included buffet. Snorkeled on our own at the Chanakanab beach. Just beautiful!View All undefined undefined Reviews
The water isn't beautiful but the food and service are amazing. A day well spent, we will be back!View All undefined undefined Reviews
Booked through Daniel Johnsons directly. Had a great day with our private driver Shedna. She stayed with us throughout the day, we held sloths, took a boat ride out to snorkle, and went to a private beach resort. She brought us safely back to port in plenty of time. Ask for Shedna she will take good care of you!View All undefined undefined Reviews
We are locals and had a friend drop us off. Porter took out luggage and we were on our way inside to wait in a super long line.